Ldc home.jpg Luca De Cicco
Associate Professor, PhD

Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.

- A. Einstein

When concepts fail, words arise.

- Mephistopheles, Faust, Goethe


DEI, Politecnico di Bari
Office: Third floor DEI north wing (DEI ala nord), room 28
Tel: +39 080 596 3927 (office) or +39 080 596 3851 (lab)
Office Hours: Wednesdays in the timeslot 15:30-16:30 AM. For urgent matters, please contact me via email.

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February 2019

Starting February 25th, 2019, I will deliver the Embedded Control course as part of the Automation Engineering Master degree. The course will provide the tools to successfully build and run a real embedded control system based on microcontrollers (ARM is the reference architecture for the course). The course will have a "learn by doing" approach. The student will be confronted with real problems and learn how to operate trade-off decisions when designing and implementing embedded control systems.

Do not hesitate to contact me to get information about the course.

Short CV

Luca De Cicco is an Associate Professor of Automatica since February 2021. He graduated in Computer Science Engineering in 2003 with honors. He received the Ph.D. in Information Engineering in July 2008 from Politecnico di Bari (advisor Prof. Saverio Mascolo). His main interests range from modeling and design of congestion control algorithms for multimedia transport to adaptive live video streaming, performance evaluation of congestion control algorithms, and future internet paradigms. Since 2017 he serves as Associate Editor for Internet Technology Letters (Wiley).

He has covered several visiting researcher positions: at University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM, USA) and at L2S (Laboratoire des signaux et systèmes) École Supérieure d'Électricité (Supelec), Gif-sur-Yvette (Paris), France; at the Laboratory of Information, Networking and Communication Sciences (LINCS) in 2013 and 2014. He has been post-doc at Telecom SudParis in 2015 working at the RST department.

Internet Technology Letters (Wiley)

ITL is a quick-paced journal publishing novel research at the forefront of scientific progress in internet technologies. We are seeking outstanding short contributions and we are targeting review rounds not exceeding 5 weeks. Please check the Journal website and submit your article!


  • Giuseppe Ribezzo, got his PhD in 2021, co-advised with Prof. Saverio Mascolo
  • Jose Rubio-Hernan, PhD student @ TELECOM SudParis (graduated in 2017) co-advised with Prof. Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro

Awards and Distinctions

2016 December

We got selected as the Best Paper of the ACM SIGCOMM Internet-QoE Workshop, August 2016. The paper has been reprinted in the October 2016 issue of ACM SIGCOMM CCR.

  • E. Bocchi, L. De Cicco, and D. Rossi
    Measuring the Quality of Experience of Web users
    ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, October 2016 (PDF)

2016 May

We got the best student paper award at the MMSYS 2016 conference for our work:

  • G. Cofano, L. De Cicco, T. Zinner, A. Nguyen-Ngoc, P. Tran-Gia, and S. Mascolo
    Design and Experimental Evaluation of Network-assisted Strategies for HTTP Adaptive Video Streaming
    Proc. ACM Mmsys 2016, Klagenfurt, Austria, May 2016 (PDF)
2014 August

Faculty award We have been awarded with the Google Faculty Award 2014 for designing a congestion control algorithm for real-time communication within the WebRTC framework to enable video conference among Web browsers.


Check out TAPAS our open-source tool for rapid prototyping of Adaptive streaming algorithms.

Recent Papers

  • Luca De Cicco, Giuseppe Cilli, Saverio Mascolo
    ERUDITE: a Deep Neural Network for Optimal Tuning of Adaptive Video Streaming Controllers
    10th ACM Multimedia Systems Conference (ACM MMSys '19), Amherst, MA, USA, June 18-21, 2019 (PDF) (Slides:PDF)
  • G. Carlucci, L. De Cicco, S. Holmer, and S. Mascolo
    Congestion Control for Web Real-Time Communication
    IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, accepted April 26, 2017, in press, doi: 10.1109/TNET.2017.2703615 (PDF)
  • L. De Cicco, G. Carlucci, and S. Mascolo
    Congestion Control for WebRTC: Standardization Status and Open Issues
    IEEE Communications Standards Magazine, Feature topic 'Real Time Communications in the Web', June 2017
  • G. Cofano, L. De Cicco, T. Zinner, A. Nguyen-Ngoc, P. Tran-Gia, and S. Mascolo
    Design and Experimental Evaluation of Network-assisted Control Strategies for HTTP Adaptive Video Streaming
    ACM Transaction on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications (TOMM) (invited paper for the special issue best papers of the ACM Mmsys 2016 conference), accepted, to appear, March 2017
  • Giuseppe Cofano, Luca De Cicco, Saverio Mascolo
    Modeling and Design of Adaptive Video Streaming Control Systems
    IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, accepted, to appear, doi: 10.1109/TCNS.2016.2631452, Nov 2016 (PDF)
  • E. Bocchi, L. De Cicco, and D. Rossi
    Measuring the Quality of Experience of Web users
    ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, October 2016 (PDF)
  • L. De Cicco, Y. Gong, D. Rossi, E. Leonardi
    A control theoretic analysis of low-priority congestion control reprioritization under AQM
    ACM Transactions on Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computing Systems (TOMPECS), Volume 1 Issue 4, Sept. 2016 (PDF) (Bib: BIB)
  • G. Carlucci, L. De Cicco, and S. Mascolo
    Controlling Queuing Delays for Real-Time Communication: Interplay of E2E and AQM Algorithms
    ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, July 2016 (PDF)

Watch my Google Congestion Control talk at Packet Video 2013

Very Large Array, Socorro, NM
Jardin Rodin, Paris 7eme, France

Research Projects

  • "Modellazione e progettAzione di algoRitmi di COntrollo per la distribuzioNe video su Internet (MARCONI)" (Modelling and Design of Control Algorithms for Video Distribution over the Internet), funded by Apulia Region through the "Future in Research" action 2016-2018. Role: Principal Investigator | Link al progetto
  • "Massive Adaptive Internet VIdeo STreaming. Using the Cloud (MAIVISTO)", Start-up measure, 2014-2016, funded by MIUR
  • WP3 leader of "PLATform for INnOvative services in future internet" PON PLATINO, 2012-2015, funded by MIUR
  • "Telecommunication Facilities and Wireless Sensor Networks in Emergency Management", Strategic Project, funded by Apulia Region
  • "End-to-end protocols for video over IP", 2007-2008, funded by Financial Tradeware plc
  • "The Transient Network Architecture (TNA)", Future INternet Design (FIND), funded by NSF, University of New Mexico, 2007 (See this poster for an outline of the project)
  • FAMOUS "Fluid Analytical Models Of aUtonomic Systems" (PRIN)
  • "End-to-End protocols for audio/video over Internet Protocol", 2005-2006, funded by Financial Tradeware srl, Rome
  • "Implementation and measurement of congestion control protocols over GPRS and UMTS", 2003 in collaboration with Politecnico di Torino


  • NEW! (November 2016) WebRTC (serverless) demos github repository
  • TAPAS an open-source tool for rapid prototyping and experimentation of adaptive video streaming controllers
  • PI Networking Layer (FIND project)
  • Libnetmeas Automatically logging TCP flows
  • Lorenz Matlab scripts for Lorenz Attractor drawing
  • TCP Westwood+ patch for linux kernel
  • Experimental patches to allow logging of TCP Westwood+ estimated bandwidth (applies to